Book Review: The Cornish Cream Tea Holiday by Cressida McLaughlin #CornishCreamTeaHoliday @CressMcLaughlin @fictionpubteam @RandomTTours @HarperFiction


It’s going to be an unforgettable Cornish summer…

Thea Rushwood was looking forward to exploring the beautiful Cornish tourist spot of Port Karadow, but when her friend drops out at the last minute, she is forced to go solo. Arriving at her cosy holiday cottage to discover a building site next door, Thea and the annoyingly attractive, but grumpy builder, Ben, don’t get off to the best start.

Thea starts to wonder if her perfect escape wasn’t meant to be. That’s before she realizes there is more to Ben – and to the community – than she first thought. As a magical Cornish summer stretches out in front of her, Thea discovers this is one holiday that she never wants to end…

My Review

Thea is a librarian from Bristol. She was due to go on holiday to Port Karadow with her friend Esme, but plans changed and she now finds herself on holiday on her own. Thea will be staying at Sunfish Cottage which just so happens to be located near Oystercatcher Cottage, a private residence owned by Ben who is fixing up the cottage. Ben isn’t very welcoming to begin with but the more time that Thea spends with him she quickly realises that under that grumpy exterior there is a gentle and kind soul. But this isn’t just any ordinary holiday Thea is hoping to make her dream of having a bookshop by the sea a reality if she can find a location in Port Karadow. Will Thea’s long held dream come true? Will Thea and Ben become something more than friends?

Cressida McLaughlin is one of my auto buy authors. As soon as I hear that there is a new Cornish Cream Tea book I’m completely sold. I don’t need to know anything about the book, a synopsis, featured characters or locations because all I know is that I’m going on another adventure in Cornwall and I cannot wait. I was really intrigued to read this book because it’s based in a different area on the Cornish coast but is still part of the Cornish Cream Tea series. However, some of the characters such as Charlie, Daniel, Delilah and Sam do make an appearance in this book. What can I say apart from I loved the storyline. It was engaging, well written, pulled at my heart strings and was just heart-warming. Reading this book was like being given a big hug.

I knew that I would like Thea as soon as I met her especially when she said that books were her life. The first thing she notices about the cottage she will be staying in is that it has a bookcase full of paperbacks and not only has she packed some print books but she also has her kindle with her because she’s never without a book. She is just like me and a complete bookworm. When we meet Thea she’s not looking for romance as she thinks she likes someone else but isn’t entirely sure. That is until she meets Ben and then the only thing she can think about is him. Ben has previously had his heart broken so he’s not looking for love and has built a wall around him. I can honestly say one of my favourite scenes was when Thea and Ben were at the lighthouse. It was just so romantic and very adorable. What I liked about this book is that it wasn’t just about a holiday romance it was also about Thea making her dream of opening a bookshop come true which I think is a dream for any bookworm. Port Karadow just sounded perfect and I loved spending time there.

I’m really looking forward to the next book by this author especially the next book in the Cornish Cream Tea series. If you haven’t read a book by this author or this series then honestly you’re missing out.

If you like feel good heart-warming reads with a picturesque location and romance this is the book for you. The perfect book to read on the beach, during summer or all year round.

Author Bio

Cressy was born in South East London surrounded by books and with a cat named after Lawrence of Arabia. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and now lives in Norwich with her husband David. When she isn’t writing, Cressy spends her spare time reading, returning to London or exploring the beautiful Norfolk coastline. @cressmclaughlin

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